$6.6 million in specialty crop research for UC Davis

$6.6 million in specialty crop research for UC Davis

Three UC Davis researchers have been awarded grants totaling $6.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to solve issues in the nation’s $50 billion specialty-crop industry.

Three UC Davis researchers have been awarded grants totaling $6.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to solve issues in the nation’s $50 billion specialty-crop industry.
The newly funded research projects focus on precision management of water and plant canopies, developing improved lettuce varieties, and preventing soilborne fungal diseases. The studies are intended to provide specialty crop producers with the information and tools they need to grow, process, and market safe, high-quality products. Specialty crops are defined in law as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops.
The new grants are:

In all, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded more than $46 million through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, established by the 2008 farm bill to develop and disseminate science-based tools to address the needs of specific specialty crops.
 

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